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One Sweet Minute: May 2022 in Hershey, PA

Welcome, May! With summer right around the corner, The Sweetest Place on Earth has a ton of exciting things to do this month. Keep reading to see some of the highlights. 

Hersheypark is Open For Summer

Hersheypark Happy continues this summer with thrilling roller coasters, family-friendly attractions, Hershey’s character hugs, over-the-top sweet treats and more!

Hersheypark is open for the summer season on weekends in May, with daily operations from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Tickets include three parks in one with classic family rides and coasters (weather and maintenance permitting), The Boardwalk at Hersheypark water park with over one million gallons of water (open May 28-September 5) and access to ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park when entered from inside the Park.

The countdown is on! Jolly Rancher Remix and Mix’d Flavored By Jolly Rancher will open to the public on May 28. 

Guests can save on 1-day and 2-day tickets when purchasing online with the Everyone Pays Kids’ Price offer. Tickets are valid on any 2022 public operating day through Jan. 1, 2023. 

2022 Hersheypark Pass Holders can enjoy unlimited visits this summer as part of their year-long perks. 

The Chocolatier Restaurant, Bar + Patio, Milton's Ice Cream Parlor and The Sweeterie Confectionery Kitchen are all open daily in Hershey's Chocolatetown. Guests can enjoy sweet treats and savory eats throughout the summer season. Summer reservations for The Chocolatier are available online. Stay tuned for new summer menu items arriving soon. 

Book A Sweet May Getaway

Kick off your summer this month with a getaway filled with sweet family memories at The Official Resorts of Hersheypark! On select dates in May, guests of The Hotel Hershey, Hershey Lodge and Hersheypark Camping Resort can save with sweet packages, including the 2-Day Stay & Play Package, 3-Night Sweet Stay Package, Hersheypark Summer Camping Package and more. Don’t forget, all resort guests also receive FREE Resort Benefits, including the best price on Hersheypark tickets, free front gate shuttle service to and from the Park, extra hours at the Park, and more.

Plus, get ready to make a splash when the resorts’ outdoor pools reopen for the season Memorial Day weekend. 

Check out our guides to The Hotel Hershey, Hershey Lodge, and Hersheypark Camping Resort to help you prepare for a sweet visit!

Sweet Dining

A visit to Hershey, PA isn’t complete without a taste of the chocolate-inspired sweets and over-the-top eats found across the destination. As the weather gets warmer this month, guests can also look forward to the return of patio dining, weather permitting, at The Chocolatier, Devon Seafood + Steak and Houlihan's Restaurant + Bar. Before your next visit to Houlihan’s, be sure to check out our mouthwatering photos of the top five menu items you need to try!

Hershey Jobs

There is still time to secure a seasonal summer job at Hersheypark! Join us for the Hersheypark Hiring Event on May 10, 2022, from 4-7 p.m. at the entrance to the Park. 

Have a love of cooking and the restaurant industry? We are hiring across our delicious dining outlets. Visit HersheyEntertainmentandResorts.com for a list of available positions including pastry cooks, banquet culinary team members, line cooks, culinary interns, and more. From Harvest to Devon Seafood + Steak, our restaurants are now hiring. 


A visit to the zoo is the perfect family activity on a lovely spring day. ZooAmerica is open daily in May for guests to enjoy the fresh air while seeing the North American animals. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from May 1-29 and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 30-31.

Reminder: Hersheypark tickets include entry to ZooAmerica only by accessing the zoo through the Hersheypark bridge during posted park hours. Those interested in visiting ZooAmerica in the morning before Hersheypark opens will have to purchase separate zoo admission tickets.


May brings a busy month of Broadway, comedy and concerts to Hershey Theatre! The month kicks off with a week-long engagement of “Hairspray” and concludes with a concert by singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne. Check out the full lineup of events below!

  • May 3-8: “Hairspray” 
  • May 17: Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience
  • May 21: Chelsea Handler Tour
  • May 22: 2022 Hershey Theatre Apollo Awards
  • May 31: Ray LaMontagne - The Monovision Tour

Mother's Day at the Spa

Give the gift of relaxation this Mother's Day with a gift card to The Spa At The Hotel Hershey or MeltSpa by Hershey! Gift cards to the spa  are a perfect way to let Mom de-stress and show how much you care.  Purchase a Mother’s Day e-gift card online and send it to her now, or schedule to have it hit her inbox on Mother’s Day. You can also purchase a gift card in person at each spa and they will wrap it up into the sweetest gift.

Mom can enjoy a a day of pampering  with treatments like the Rose Garden Renewal Facial at the Chocolate Spa and Coconut Lime Manicure & Pedicure at MeltSpa by Hershey.  She will leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated - exactly what every mom needs! 

Check out our guide to MeltSpa by Hershey and our guide to The Spa At The Hotel Hershey to help plan your visit!

Hershey Bears Begin Playoff Run

The Hershey Bears are ready to chase the Calder Cup this year. The American Hockey League's oldest and most decorated franchise has qualified for the 2022 Calder Cup Playoffs, and the Bears will battle the rival Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the first round. 

The club opens the playoffs on the road, but the Bears return home to host the Penguins for Game 2 on Sunday, May 8, at GIANT Center at 5 p.m. Tickets for that game are on sale NOW via Ticketmaster

The complete first round playoff series is as follows:

  • Game 1- Friday, May 6 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, 7:05 p.m. EST
  • Game 2- Sunday, May 8 vs Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, GIANT Center, 5 p.m. EST
  • *Game 3- Monday, May 9 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, 7:05 p.m. EST

*If Necessary. All times are Eastern.